Ohio Journalist

2011 Schuneman Symposium

By OJ Staff

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(June 12, 2011) — National Geographic photographer William Allard (right) inspired photo journalism students at Ohio University as he shared many of his stories from his career that has spanned the last five decades. Here he talks to Smitty Schuneman (left). “You’ve got to have a passion, if you don’t have a passion, someone with less talent will go by you.”

John Kaplan (BSJ/MSJ) presented the crowd with a screening and discussion of his personal documentary, “Not As I Pictured,” on his battle with cancer.

John Kaplan

“I was unexpectedly diagnosed with not one type of non Hodskins Lymphoma a couple of years ago but two separate distinct cases and, you know, I was blindsided,” said Kaplan. “…I really needed a way to cope with my fear.”

Photoshelter founder Grover Sanschagrin spoke to an audience about the importance of photographers focusing on self-branding and marketing themselves to a niche industry.

Grover Sanschagrin

Along with Photoshelter and Sportsshooter, for which he is executive producer, Sanschagrin blogs about tequila in his blog TasteTequila.com.

OU alum Mike Webb (BSJ) of ProPublica spoke on the subject of nonprofit newsrooms and their implementation into the rest of the media world.

Mike Webb of ProPublica at the Schuneman Symposium

He hit on topics ranging on all aspects of the nonprofit news world, from investigative journalism to ethics and corruption to funding.

John Kaplan, Tracey Marx from the OU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and documentary maker Casey Hayward discussed medicine and the various methods that media portray it.

Rx: New Media, New Medicine panelists

All three speakers have used alternative media methods to convey stories related to cancer. They said these alternative methods are both successful and rewarding.

University Illinois professor and Free Press founder Robert McChesney spoke on the benefits of an independent press in America. “It’s the duty of the United States to ensure that there is journalism. That’s every bit as important as making sure that it isn’t censored once it exists,” said McChesney. “Without an independent press, the whole system collapses. We lose our freedoms, we lose everything.”

Robert McChesney with the Schunemans

He is pictured here standing with Mr. and Mrs. Schuneman outside of the Baker Ballroom. Watch his keynote presentation below:

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